Throughout his NHL career, Mike Richards has been one of the most lethal scoring threats on the penalty kill. That much is clear in the fact that he has almost as many shorthanded goals (25) as he does power-play goals (37) in his 473 NHL games. (He’s had a shortie in two straight games, by the way.)
So what makes him so good at being the predator when he should be the penalty-killing prey? If this video is any indication, it’s all about having the right mixture of speed, hockey IQ* and finishing ability. Ultimately it will be overshadowed by the fact the Detroit Red Wings pounded the Los Angeles Kings 4-1, though.
* – He took advantage of Jiri Hudler, which provides another example of the dangers of putting a forward on the point.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:
Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):
McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: